NEIGH­BOR­HOOD

T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Hong Kong Restaurants -

HK$1000 per per­son

LG/F, 61-63 Hol­ly­wood Road, Cen­tral, Hong Kong TEL: +852 2617 0891

www.face­book.com/neigh­bor­hoodhk Neigh­bor­hood, opened by lo­cal chef David Lai, is the worst kept se­cret in the Hong Kong culi­nary world. The en­trance is out of the way; there is lit­tle mar­ket­ing or PR; yet any Hong Kong res­i­dent worth their Hi­malayan pink salt would know of this lit­tle gem. True, you don’t go for the am­biance, as the closely set ta­bles means that of­ten­times the din­ing room gets rau­cous. You don’t go for the wine list ei­ther, which is on the small size—reg­u­lars know to BYOB, with HK$250 cork­age charged per bot­tle. The call­ing card to this restau­rant is its con­sis­tently well-ex­e­cuted dishes, pure and sim­ple. Whether you pre-or­der the Gali­cian steak (which was on the menu well be­fore the cur­rent craze for the Span­ish im­port swept the town); or in­dulge in the hand­made pas­tas, the food here just sim­ply never dis­ap­points. Make sure to pre-or­der salt-baked lo­cal chicken, which sits atop aro­matic morel mush­rooms and per­fectly crisped rice, and opt for the gar­ganelli pasta with pork and oc­to­pus ragu—it’s a clever take on a clas­sic Can­tonese flavour com­bi­na­tion. Save room for dessert, as the cane­les and the choco­late tart is a win­ning com­bi­na­tion that has yet to meet its match.

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